Michigan's Autonomous Boat Team

UM::Autonomy is an award winning undergraduate student project team from the University of Michigan.  Every year we build an autonomous boat to participate in the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Foundation Roboboat competition.  The boat, which is completely designed and programmed by the students, must complete a wide range of challenges that are designed to expose students to the many difficulties of autonomous operation.

The overall 2017 competition served as a learning experience for the team. While we did not qualify for finals, we are motivated for the future. It was a year of firsts for UM::Autonomy: first trimaran, first entirely SLAM dependent system and first total overhaul of our code base. As a result, our team, while almost entirely composed of underclassmen, was awarded 2nd place in the static competition and demonstrated sophistication and levels of technical communication above many graduate level teams.